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Jun. 30, 2015 @ 08:07 AM

PHOTO: Awarded $1,000 scholarships

The Rutherford County Home Builders Association awarded two $1,000 scholarships to two high school seniors at the June meeting. Receiving scholarships are Lindsey Ann Bailey who will attend Isothermal Community College and Spencer Lawson White who will attend North Carolina State University. The Rutherford County Home Builders Association protects the American Dream of home ownership through advocacy, education and professional business development. For more information contact

Jun. 30, 2015 @ 08:05 AM

PHOTO: Authors meet public in state park

Julia Nunnally Duncan addresses the public during a author signing Sunday at Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park. The event featured six authors from western North Carolina.

Jun. 28, 2015 @ 08:55 AM

PHOTO: Music Thursdays

The crowd for this month's Music Thursday at the Gathering Place in Chimney Rock Village tap their feet and sing along to the dancing of the Lake Lure Cloggers and the singing of the Griggs Band. Music Thursdays in the Village will continue every fourth Thursday through September. Next month's entertainment will be the Kollard Kings out of Charlotte, Thursday, July 23, from 6-8pm. Dinner will be available. Bring a chair or blanket, drinks and join in the fun. Music Thursday are presented by the Chimney Rock Village Community Development Association (CDA) and sponsored by Bubba O'Leary's General Store (, Chimney Rock Mgt., LLC (, Medina's Village Bistro (, April's Boutique and The Esmeralda Inn ( A minimum $6 donation for the music is suggested. Proceeds from Music Thursdays make these events possible andsupport the beautification and promotion of Chimney Rock Village. 

Jun. 24, 2015 @ 08:56 AM

PHOTO: Motor vehicle wreck

The North Carolina Highway Patrol said Sandra Sprouse may have had a medical issue that resulted in her car running off Oakland Road near Spindale Monday afternoon. She was trapped in the vehicle that came to rest in a small grove of trees. Sprouse, in her mid 50's, was airlifted to Spartanburg Regional Medical Center where she is listed in critical condition in the neuro-trauma unit. SDO firefighters, the highway patrol, Rutherford County EMS and Rutherford Rescue responded to the wreck.                       

Jun. 24, 2015 @ 08:01 AM

PHOTO: Looking for new home

The Chimney Rock Post Office, located on Main Street in Chimney Rock Village, will have a new home by Jan. 1, 2016. The landlord is not going to renew the lease and has decided to use the building for another reason.The relocation project will consist of procuring a suitable substitute location, as close as reasonably possible to the existing location. Retail Services will continue at the current site until such time as all necessary preparations are completed at the new location.  There will be no changes to mail delivery, customers' addresses or Post Office boxes as a result of this relocation, said Richard Hancock, real estate division of the U.S. Postal Service.